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Cymbalta (Definition)

Cymbalta (duloxetine) is an "antidepressant" medication. However, it is an approved treatment for a variety of indications to include (unipolar) depression, anxiety, and chronic pain (related to diabetic neuropathy, musculoskeletal and/or fibromyalgia). Pharmacologically, it primarily enhances 2 different neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine). It can cause a ...Read more


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I am on 60 mg. of cymbalta for ten years. My Dr. wants me to take indefinitely. Will this cause memory loss if I take for another 20 yrs.?

I am on 60 mg. of cymbalta for ten years.  My Dr. wants me to take indefinitely.  Will this cause memory loss if I take for another 20 yrs.?

No.: Memory problems are such a remote possibility that it would not be worth your concern. They are not known to develop with long term use. And, your dose is not high. But you should be posing your question to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can cymbalta cause weight loss?

Can cymbalta cause weight loss?

Weight gain: All antidepressants can cause weight gain as part of their side-effect profile. In the case of Cymbalta it's uncommon. ...Read more

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Can cymbalta cause hair loss?

Can cymbalta cause hair loss?

Yes: It is possible for Cymbalta to cause hair loss, even though rarely. If it happens to you, it really doesn't matter how rare it is! ...Read more

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Im now taking Zoloft 100mg cymbalta 30mg for 2wks then i will stop Zoloft and just take cymbalta... Will this cause weight loss or gain?

Im now taking Zoloft 100mg cymbalta 30mg  for 2wks then i will stop Zoloft and just take cymbalta... Will this cause weight loss or gain?

Generally: Some medications dont exactly cause weight gain but if you feel depressed sometimes you dont eat so when you take an antidepressant and start feeling better your appetite comes back and you end up gaining weight. This doesnt always happen but some people treat the weight gain as causal to the medication when in fact its due to improved mood which leads to improved appetite. Just watch what you eat. ...Read more

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53 yo on 60 mg cymbalta for 6 yrs. Bad word retrieval issues last 2 yrs. Is cymbalta the cause and will decreasing dose help symptoms?

53 yo on 60 mg cymbalta for 6 yrs.  Bad word retrieval issues last 2 yrs.  Is cymbalta the cause and will decreasing dose help symptoms?

Dysnomia: Antidepressants frequently cause word- finding difficulties. Lowering the dose can cause a risk of a depressive relapse. Also, in my experience lowering the dose does not often solve the problem. ...Read more

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I 've decreased the cymbalta from 60-30mg (1 week ago) to see if it's causing the parethesia i've had. How do I know for sure if it is the cause?

I 've decreased the cymbalta from 60-30mg (1 week ago) to see if it's causing the parethesia i've had. How do I know for sure if it is the cause?

More questions: I probably have more questions than answers. If you cut the dose and the tingles went away, then likely yes it was the cymbalta. If the tingles are still present the only way to know is to change therapy. Antidepressants are like house keys. Only one fits just right (controls symptoms / minimal adverse events). It's likely to be trial and error to find the right key. ...Read more

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Does cymbalta cause glocama to worsen?

Does cymbalta cause glocama to worsen?

Cymbalta: Long-term high dose can further raise intra ocular pressure although rarely. Annual eye exams are recommended. ...Read more

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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is a condition where you are unable to remember new events (anterograde amnesia) and/or you ...Read more


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